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New LED Street Lighting Comes to Garden City Park
New lighting uses less wattage for a 56% savings in electric costs
North Hempstead, NY –North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Peter Zuckerman have announced that the Town’s Department of Public Works has installed 49 new Light Emitting Diodes (LED) High Pressure Sodium street lights along Hillside Avenue from Foch Boulevard to Denton Avenue in Herricks. The new LED lights are expected to provide up to a 56% savings in electrical costs. The funding for the lighting comes from the Town Sidewalk District’s capital plan.
“Replacing existing street lighting with more reliable, efficient and long-lasting LEDS will improve the lighting in the neighborhood, all while reducing electrical costs for our taxpayers,” said Supervisor Bosworth.
The Hillside Avenue project replaces 49 old and unreliable incandescent 250-watt fixtures with LED fixtures that use just 110 watts.
The LED lights have a Color Temperature (CT) of 4000 degrees Kelvin. CT is a measure of the spectral content of light from a source, i.e., how much, blue, green, yellow and red there is in it. A higher CT rating generally means a higher blue content and the whiter appearance of the light, but some critics of LED lights say that the higher rated lights (for example, 6500K) are too harsh and cause discomfort to the eyes.
“Energy conservation is a key component of our environmental mission in the Town and this project certainly helps us to meet that goal,” Council Member Zuckerman said. “The new lighting will also enhance safety by making everything more visible.